- What is Jujitsu/JuJutsu?
- What is JiuJitsu?
- What can I expect to learn in Jujitsu?
- Are there competitions?
- Can I get hurt in class?
- What ages can participate in class?
- Do I need experience to start classes?
- What are the ranks and do I have to test?
- Are children allowed to earn a black belt?
- What do I wear to class?
- Are there weapon techniques in class?
- What is kali?
» Jujitsu or JuJutsu is an ancient Japanese self defense system. It has been around for some 2000 years and was developed by the Samauri in feudal Japan for close quarters battle, mostly without weapons. Some people call Jujitsu the mother of Japanese martial arts. Judo and Aikido both come from Jujitsu and you will see many similar techniques in these arts.
» JiuJitsu is most commonly referred to as Brazilian JiuJitsu or BJJ. In 1914, a judo expert, Mitsuyo Maeda (who was highly skilled on the ground) arrived in Brazil from Jigoro Kano's Kodokan, to spread the art of jiu-do. While BJJ has it's roots in Japanese Jujitsu and Judo it is quite different. BJJ focuses more on ground work and competition. Many Mixed Martial Arts fighters are also trained in BJJ.
» In Jujitsu, you can expect to learn hand arts, escapes, joint locks, throws, chokes and strangulations, striking, kicking, self control, discipline, refinement of character, healing arts and more. We take this a step futher and add in stick and knife fighting as well.
» Simply put, no. Jujitsu is a self defense art, not a combat sport. We do some randori, or free practice in class, but all out Jujitsu tends to lead to injuries.
» As with most all physical activity, there is a risk of injury. Jujitsu is a combat martial art - it is designed for self defense and it of course, can cause injury. The instructors place safety first in the class. Warm ups prepare students for the night's activities and the techniques are done in a controlled fashion to allow the students to learn and practice without injury
» In the kids class, we accept students from ages 6-14. The adult class is for those 14 and up.
» No experience is necessary to begin classes
» In this class, the belt ranks are as follows:
White, advanced white, blue, advanced blue, 3rd brown, 2nd brown, 1st brown, then black. Testing is a great way to verify your knowledge and move on to new and more advanced techniques. Testing is encouraged, but not mandatory.
» There is more to learning a martial art than the color of your belt. A black belt is more than a level of proficiency in the techniques, it is an attitude, a humbleness, a willing to do for others, a level of maturity and a way of being. Because of these reasons and others, students under 18 are not eligable for promotion to black belt ranks.
» If you wish to study Jujitsu a Jujitsu gi is required. If you are just starting out, workout attire is appropriate. Please wear clothes that you will not mind if they get stretched or possibly torn as Jujitsu involves a lot of grabbing and throwing
» Higher ranks are required to train in knife defense, tessen (iron fan), gun defense, sword defense and we add in stick and knife fighting as well.
» Kali is a Tribal Art of the Philippines. It is also known as Arnis or Eskrima. We use open hand techniques as well as rattan sticks and a variety of knives in class.